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Coronavirus – appointments now announced for the next priority group

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Those people who have underlying health conditions and also unpaid carers are beginning to receive Covid-19 vaccination appointments.Priority group 6 is one of the largest on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)...

Coronavirus – visiting to begin again at care homes in March

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The Scottish Government has announced that routine indoor visiting of care home residents by relatives, friends and carers may begin again from early March.Care providers have been asked to support residents to have...

Edinburgh business coach’s top honour

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An Edinburgh businessman is celebrating being named one of the country’s top business coaches after helping owners survive lockdown.Alan Smith has been voted ActionCOACH’s Coach of the Year for Scotland, the first time he...

Coronavirus – government tightens testing rules

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The First Minister announced today at Holyrood that there will be a tightening of rules around testing of close contacts from Thursday.Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who has...

Letter from Scotland

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Temperatures the lowest for 25 years (-23C in Braemar), three or four inches of snow even in the cities, roads and railways blocked and, between the snow showers, bright blue skies and a cool...

Coronavirus – 1 million have now received first dose

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The Scottish Government has announced on Wednesday that more than a fifth of the population of Scotland have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.69-year-old John Loch from Bearsden was among those...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland issue weekly figures on Covid related deaths

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National Records of Scotland have reported on Wednesday that as at 7 February, there have been a total of 8,726 deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.Of the total...

Coronavirus – warning over vaccination scams

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Scotland’s national consumer advice service has welcomed the advice from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday during the daily media briefing on how to avoid vaccine scams.The coronavirus vaccine is free, and the NHS...

Is your mask effective against Covid-19?

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Is your mask effective against Covid-19? Three questions you should ask yourselfby Fiona Henriquez, University of the West of Scotland; Mia Cousins Burleigh, University of the West of Scotland, and William MacKay, University of...

Coronavirus – government opens emergency fund for zoos and aquariums

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Zoos and aquariums in Scotland which are impacted financially by Covid-19 are invited to apply for a new round of government funding.There is £2.5 million available to support care of animals and other...

Coronavirus – drive through mass vaccination centre to open at Queen Margaret University

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NHS Lothian is putting the final touches to the new drive-through mass vaccination centre which will start operating next week.The centre at Queen Margaret University (QMU) will be the first of its kind...

Letter from Scotland

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February has dawned dull, wet and cold. There’s deep snow on the hills and a scattering of snow showers and sleet in the lowlands. January was the coldest month we’ve had for a decade....

Businesses which are eligible can apply for discretionary grants from Wednesday

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The new Discretionary Fund will open on Wednesday and small businesses are invited to apply for a £2,000 one-off award.The process was agreed by the Housing Committee at a special meeting, and all...

Coronavirus – first mass vaccination centres to begin operating next week

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The first mass Covid-19 vaccination centres are preparing to go live in Lothian, beginning from next week.Centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian will begin vaccinating patients on Monday 1 February 2021 as part of...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland weekly update

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National Records of Scotland (NRS) report that 7,902 deaths were registered in Scotland at 24 January 2021 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.In the week 18-24 January, 448 deaths were registered that...
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Dr Fauci will see you now

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Dr Anthony Fauci, Dr Nanshan Zhong and Professor Devi Sridhar will take part in the first Edinburgh Futures Conversations event on 2 March 2021.The topic of course will be Covid-19 and the future...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland report weekly numbers

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National Records of Scotland have reported the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 2: 11-17 January 2021As at 17 January, 7,448 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus was mentioned...

Coronavirus – one year on

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One year since we first reported on this coronavirus – what we've learned, and still need to know.by Connor Bamford, Queen's University BelfastA year ago, I wrote an article for The Conversation about a...

Letter from Scotland

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In the dark days of January it’s easy to become depressed. Try living through this: a tightening Lockdown, hospitals overflowing with more Covid patients than ever, a shocking death toll of 5,102 or 7,074...

Coronavirus – Scotland takes steps to limit travel from South America

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A new strain of the coronavirus has been identified in Brazil and The Scottish Government has reacted by imposing additional restrictions on all arrivals from South America.The measures will come into effect at 4am...

Coronavirus – new restrictions will be effective from Saturday

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In light of the 'precarious and extremely serious' situation in relation to Covid, The Scottish Government has increased some of the restrictions relating to takeaways and Click and Collect for shopping.The weekly figure...
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University seeks views on impact of pandemic on children

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Parents and caregivers are asked to share their experiences of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their children’s lives.A study by the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh will...
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Coronavirus – Scottish Government postpones return of students to college and university

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The changes announced on Friday reflect the current status of coronavirus, the reality of the new strain, and a rise in cases in recent weeks.College and university students will be taught online throughout January...

Coronavirus – new testing to be introduced for passengers arriving in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has announced that all passengers arriving into Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel.The new public health...

Letter from Scotland

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As we skate into 2021 on frozen lochs or icy pavements, I guess we are all unsettled by the uncertainty hanging in the cold winter air. Is it going to be a hard winter? We’ve...

Coronavirus – vaccination figures to be published daily from Monday

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed at Thursday's daily briefing that the number of people vaccinated on a daily basis will be reported each day on the Public Health Scotland website.The new figures...

Coronavirus – vaccines to be delivered by GP surgeries in East Lothian

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterGP surgeries in East Lothian are preparing to start rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine to over-80s from Monday.NHS Lothian said practices in East Lothian will start receiving deliveries of...

Coronavirus – new vaccine rollout began on Monday

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The Scottish Government rolled out the first of the Oxford/AstraZeneca on Monday with the help of GP practices on Tayside.Patients there were among the first in Scotland to receive the newly approved vaccine....

Coronavirus – response to new lockdown

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The announcement earlier today of a new stricter lockdown with measures which are legally enforceable has led to comment from various industry and political spokespeople.With the new Stay At Home message, and no...

Coronavirus – new 2/2 rule on outdoor meetings

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The main changes which come into effect from midnight are that everyone must observe the Stay At Home message, not visit anyone else's home and there are also changes to meeting anyone from another...

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